I’m Emily Joy Larson. I’m currently a third-year triple major in Magazine Media, News, and Writing at Drake University. I live in my sorority house, Kappa Kappa Gamma, here in Des Moines, IA. From classes to extracurriculars to serving at a restaurant downtown, I stay pretty busy. When I’m not doing one of those things, I enjoy writing, photography, reading, and spending time with family and friends. I grew up in Brandon, South Dakota. I lived in the country with my parents and two brothers. Being the oldeset and first to go off to college in my family, I’ve always been up for a challenge.
My first year of school was terrifying, but constantly exciting. Des Moines may seem small to people from cities like Chicago, but, for me, it was bright-lights-big-city all the way. I love Des Moines, I think it’s the perfect size college town to get my bearings in. As a first-year, I was as eager as they came. I was desperate to get my hands on student publications in the journalism school. Right from the get-go, I began writing for the school’s premiere publication, Drake Magazine. I started from the bottom, with a small infographic tucked in the food and drink section. The next semester, I was brave enough to pitch a fashion idea at their brainstorming meeting. The next week, they gave me that idea I had pitched and made it the main six-page fashion spread. The title of it was, “Very Velvet” and you can see it here. Also that semester, the magazine’s assistant editor dropped out and I quickly snatched the position. Being an editor was the dream for young Emily. From there, I rose to Managing Editor my sophomore year while simultaneously continuing to write stories each semester. The next two issues I helped create can be found here and here.
My freshman and sophomore years, I had an internship with local children’s fashion photographer, Emily Butterworth. Her business is Hello Charlie. It was a wonderful opportunity to see a real photographer do their thing, help out behind the scenes, and work with adorable kiddos.
Sophomore year, I held the position on campus of Service Learning Ambassador for the Iowa Radio Reading Information Services (IRIS). I worked in the Office of Community Engaged Learning and Service at Drake. It was a wonderful service opportunity and a way for me to get students on campus involved with the service community in Des Moines. The service organization I worked with, IRIS, is an organization that helps the blind. Specifically at Drake, my job was helping students volunteer to read the news via audio, which was sent to IRIS, then relayed over the radio for the blind to listen to.
Since sophomore year, I have also been an active member of my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. It’s been an amazing way to connect with other women on campus where we form unbreakable bonds and come together to do various service projects in the area for the Children’s Cancer Connection, Reading Is Fundamental, and the Rose McGill Fund. Being in a sorority allows me to have not only a support system through college, but people I can grow with as well.
So, that’s me in a nutshell! I’m in my junior year of college now and I can’t wait to graduate and find my place in the world. And if I don’t find it, I’ll make it.
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